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Lake Easton State Park, Easton

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.6/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
Lake Easton State Park is a 516acre Washington state park in Kittitas County. The park sits in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range and has 24000ft of shoreline on Lake Easton. Park activities include picnicking, camping, hiking, mountain biking, boating, fishing, swimming, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, wildlife viewing, and horseshoes.
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  • Like the title says, this campsite is clean and simple. But very close to the highway. Some of the sites including the group sites (which we were at) are so close to the highway it really disrupts the...  read more »
  • After driving past the park for years, it was time to explore the area. We parked on the west side of the park near the old concrete bridge visible from I-90 (a Discover Park is required), then hiked ...  read more »
  • We took the trail around the loop and had a very nice easy hike. The view across the lake is beautiful. 
  • Lots of Freeway Noise and Restrictive Rules This park is right off of I-90; many of the sites are only a hundred feet from the freeway which makes for a very noisy time. I've stayed at this park twice now: the first time in a site next to the Yakima River and the second time next to the freeway. The site next to the river was an additional $10 a night, but it is worth it for the site next to the freeway is so noisy that it was difficult to have conversations when sitting across fro someone at the picnic table. As you get father away from the freeway, the trees really help to disperse the noise and it's really not an issue in the "popular" sites next to the river. In addition to the noise, you are required to place you tents on the provided tent pads an nowhere else. We didn't realize this initially, and we were forced to move our tent onto the pad. In fact, our site said it could house up to three tents, but we could barely fit two on our tent pad. The tent pads are at least level, but incredibly hard. The park has a nice beach with adequate playground equipment. This beach has plenty of parking, so if you don't want to hike or bike the 1 mile trail from the eastern sites, you have options. While I have mixed feelings about this park, I will probably go back since it is so close to Seattle, but I will definitely be seeking out the "popular" sites along the river.
  • Just a nice size. Beautiful swimming lake with lovely green mountain views. Clean and well-maintained campsites. We'll come back. ;-)
  • Wanna get away. But not too fare. Well look know further then lake Easton state park. Friendly kind park rangers. Friendly fellow camper's. Very clean camp grounds. They have trails to hike. An fishing. They even have shower facilities. Awesome stay. Bring your bikes an let the kids ride around the camp site.. great place to stay.
  • NOISY. I can't stress this enough. It's beside a highway. It's beside a railroad. Yes, you get used to it after awhile, but who wants to go through that adjustment, especially when there's not much to do in Easton? For $30/night, there are better options. Ones that allow you to hear the birds and leaves swaying in the wind. With that critique out of the way, overall, I enjoyed my camping experience. When we first arrived, we'd booked site 71, but upon arriving around 3pm, there was someone already there. So we drove around, seeking an empty campsite, before driving back to the office to see if it was available. It was. And it was a bit more private, too, so win-win. Site 82. I highly recommend it for car (not RV) and single tent camping. Not only is it near the bathroom (but not too near), it sits beside a large group campsite that's hardly ever in use and is quite fun to explore since it's mostly off the road. In other words, it's likely there will be lots of privacy and room to play. There must be five or six campsites behind and beside site 82, shielded from the road, along with a large "meeting area" with multiple benches. Ask before booking site 82 if the group site next door is in use, because I can't imagine being direct neighbors to a boy scout troop or something. On the other side of 82, there is a standard campsite (84, I believe, with 83 across the road). It's fairly close and there is a path connecting 82 and 84, but there are lots of trees for privacy and the path is a little overgrown. There's also a water spout at the road between 82 and 84. Useful, although we brought our own water. The campground itself sells ice for $2. They don't sell firewood (they refer you to a man in town, selling for $5 a bundle; about two bundles lasts five hours). The campground doesn't offer much entertainment, although there is a basketball court beside the bathrooms and I saw people playing badminton as well. Walking trails lead all around the campground. The real entertainment will be a short drive (yes, drive) down to the lake/beach, where there's also a playground and outdoor amphitheater. The town Easton is almost entirely shut down. Buildings are mostly rusted, and boarded up. Great for photographs, not so great for fun. But near Easton, there is Swiftwater Cellars Winery, in Roslyn. It's 17 minutes away from the campground, a little fancy, and they offer amazing wine tastings overlooking a golf course. Think restaurant-style. Five minutes from that, Suncadia Resort has a bar in which you can order a glass of wine and take it out onto the patio, which offers stunning views of the mountains, not to mention hundreds of stairs that lead down to the river, if you're up for it. Overall, there are things to do at and around the campground: hiking, the lake and playground, walking through mostly-abandoned Easton, the nearby Swiftwater winery, the Suncadia patio and/or trail down to the river... BUT, as far as falling asleep at night, you should bring some earplugs. Otherwise, it sounds/feels like you're sleeping under a highway bridge. Once, I was abruptly woken by a train whistle. The bathrooms were fairly dirty. No reliable wifi, data only. My Verizon cell service worked fine. You have to put up your tent on the designated "tent pad," so you can't just put it anywhere. You can't gather firewood. It's important to note that even if burn ban signs are everywhere, you might still be able to have a fire in the fire pit. Would I stay at this campground again? Probably not for $30/night. I'd visit the winery and resort again, but that's for another review. Mostly I wanted a little peace and quiet at night, and this campground being so close to the highway just didn't deliver. I'd go again if it was $10/night or free with a Discover Pass, I suppose.
  • Very close to I90 noisy but ignorable after a while. Lake was very clear and very very cold in August. Nice beach an picnic area. Camp sites quite private.
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